“Growers are seeing that they need to scale in order to be successful in this industry. In order to scale effectively, they need to streamline and automate their production processes as much as possible,” says Ben Hanna, Director of Sales and Marketing at Comprehensive Cultivation Services (CCS). The Colorado based company designs systems and installs equipment used in largescale commercial cannabis cultivation. “We identified a clear need in the cannabis sector for a company that bridges the gap between manufacturers and end users, specializing in installing purpose-built equipment.”
The need for automation
Hanna explains that automated fertigation systems especially are in high demand among cannabis growers. “The ability to remotely monitor, track, analyze and adjust irrigation from a laptop or mobile device enables growers the ability to spend a lot more time ‘on’ their business and significantly less ‘in’ their business doing tedious, menial tasks. Growers are seeing that in order to be successful in this industry, they need to scale. In order to scale effectively, they need to implement innovative technology to streamline and automate their production processes as much as possible.”
Such automated solutions are very welcome for many growers. According to Hanna, one of the primary challenges among growers is bandwidth issues. “Many growers are simply spread too thin. There are so many components to making yields consistently abundant and high quality. Without good systems in place a lot of things can be neglected, which can put your crop at risk and cost you time and money. By finding automated solutions to repeatable processes and ways to monitor and maintain ones plants without having to walk in every room constantly or do too much heavy lifting, cultivators can gain a considerate advantage in this highly competitive industry.”
Especially with the current labor shortage being a major challenge in the industry, grow room automation is a beneficial solution. “With tools like advanced nutrient delivery systems, growers don’t have to rely on and pay staff to hand water and hand mix nutrient batches in possibly inaccurate and inconsistent proportions. This saves labor, time and money.”
Overall, Hanna foresees that automation technology and innovation will be major players in the future development of the industry. “It’s likely that federal legalization will happen soon and I believe the people with the best systems in place will go the furthest with their impact on the industry and community,” he adds.